OLLI Authors: Memoirs

Tamim Ansary
- West of Kabul, East of New York

Published: 2002
Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Memoir
Website: mirtamimansary.com
Description: A memoir of the author’s bi-cultural life stradding America and Afghanistan.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI Berkeley – Instructor

Gwen Chen and Rudi Carboni
- Shadows in the Lotus Pool

Published: 2010
Publishers: Book Locker Publ. (Bradenton, Fla)
Available for Purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Genre: Memoir-History
Gwen Chen
- Shadows in the Lotus Pool - Chinese Translation

Publisher : Serialized in Literary Magazine. Biographical Literature Publishing, Inc. (Taipai, Taiwan 2012
The entire book-Chinese Version: Publish date: summer, 2013. Publisher; Book Republic Corp.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at University of Delaware (Member, Instructor)

Marylou Depeiza
- Walking in her Shoes

Published: 2011
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Memori
Weblinks: Walking In Her Shoes
Author's Note: A memoir about family life and the experiences of the author's mother as she raises six children in Boston during the 50's and 60's. After her mother's death, Marylou embarks on a journey through her mother's past---a journey that takes her back more than sixty years to discover a family secret.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at UMass Boston (member)

Cindy Eastman
- Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered to Write Down

Published: 2014
Publisher: She Writes Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Genre: Humor, Essays, Memoir, Family & Relationships
Website: cindyeastman.com
Blog: flipflops50.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18669429-flip-flops-after-50
Written: Before retirement.
Author's Note: I have been an instructor since Fall 2009, teaching both writing classes and introductory computer classes. This semester (Spring 2014) is the first semester I’ve “taken off” since my book is being published in April. I continue to be on the Editorial Committee and was involved in launching our OLLI chapter’s annual anthology of student work, Voices & Visions in 2011.
OLLI Affiliation: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut (Member, Instructor, Committee Member)

Cathy Fiorello
- Al Capone Had a Lovely Mother

Published: 2012
Publisher: Create Space
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Memoir, Travel, Food
Weblinks: Facebook - Cathy Fiorello
Written: In retirement
Author's Note:
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at San Francisco State University (member)

Jeremy J. Joyell
- A Lifetime Ago: Before the Death of Childhood

Published: 2008
Publisher: iUniverse; recently reformatted for Amazon Create Space 2013
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Memoir
Website: iuniverse.com
Written: After retirement from teaching high school English
Author's note: I taught high school English for twenty-five years and was also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut. I have taught both my book and a poetry course in the OLLI program for the past six years.
OLLI Affiliation: University of Connecticut at Waterbury (instructor)

Jonas Klein
- Mother Wore a Helmet and Other Tales of Lasterday

Published: 2005
Publisher: North Bay Books
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir Writing
Web Links: Books By People I Know!
Written: In retirement
Author's Note: My book recalls blackouts on the homefront and pitching dusters at Dad, as well as my bewilderment with Maine's backroads and Europe's bathrooms. This trip down memory lane is the result of the pleas from my grandchildren to "tell me again, Papa, about when you were a member of a notorious gang and went to the slammer!"
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at USM

Joann Rose Leonard
- The Soup Has Many Eyes (From Shtetl to Chicago—A memoir of One Family's Journey Through History)

Published: 2000
Publisher: Bantam Books
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, joannroseleonard.com
Genre: Memoir, history, spirituality
Website: joannroseleonard.com
Blog: joannroseleonard.com/blog
Written: Before retirement.
Author's Note: An immigrant story of escape from the pogroms in Eastern Europe
OLLI Affiliation: Osher Institute at UCSC, formerly with OLLI at Penn State

Marsha Michaels
- Pulling at Straws

Published: 2011
Publisher: Authorhouse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Blog: escapadesbymarshina
Written: I took a writing class with the author Barbara Rose Brooker and accomplished this project.
Author's note:During the 1970's,a young protagonist suffered with an undiagnosed case of multiple sclerosis. She hooked up with a band of pot smugglers and discovered the healing effects of marijuana.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at San Francisco State University (member)

Elna Fone Nugent
- Mountain Ash: A New England Memoir

Published: 2008
Publisher: XLibris Corporation
Available for Purchase from: Xlibris and Amazon
Genre: Memoir
Web Links: Mountain Ash
Written: Well after retirement from teaching
Author's note: This book was nurtured in a class taught by OLLI teacher, author Susan Dworkin, a Peabody award winner, who urged me to have it published for the general public and not just for the family. It was written in early morning hours, because my husband was a terminal stage four cancer and dementia patient at home. My daytime hours were occupied.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Berkshire Community College

Nan M. Phifer
- Memoirs Of The Soul: A Writing Guide

Published: Copyright 2002, 2011 by Nan Merrick Phifer. (The original edition of this book, titled Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography, was published by Writer's Digest Books in 2002.)
Publisher: Ingot Press
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Nan's Website
Genre: Memoir
Website: memoirworkshops.com
Written: After taking retirement.
Author's Note: About her work Nan says, “I love what I do. Most of all I love the moments when participants look up from the page, their eyes alight with insight.”
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at the University of Oregon. Member & Instructor, 'As a guest presenter, I occasionally lead the creative writing group in a series of workshops I'm calling Writing to Fictionalize Your Life. The OLLI writers are great fun.'

Jim Roth
- That's How I Remember It

Published: 2009 (Self Published)
Printer: Pine Hill Press, Sioux Falls, SD
Available for purchase: Order directly from Jim Roth; 18 White Pine Lane, Setauket, NY 11733
Genre: Memoir
Written: In retirement
Author's Note: My first book, "Memories of Estelline" (2006 - in Hardcover) is sold out (500 copies printed)
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Stony Brook

Ned Sharp
- Granddad, Did You Wash Your Hands?

Published: 2009
Publisher: iUniverse
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, iUniverse Bookstore
Genre: Non-fiction -- eclectic collection of reminiscences both poignant and humorous
Author's Web Links:
Written: In retirement at age 76
Author's Note: Book is a compilation of essays written in an OLLI class
OLLI Affiliation: University of Nebraska Osher Institute (Member

Jean Sheridan
- The Unwilling Celibates

Published: originally published in 2000 by Twenty-Third Publications. I put it up electronically inn 2011.
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
Genre: Memoir, Spirituality
Available for purchase from: Amazon
Author's Note:The first part of this book describes how the author felt displaced and marginalized following divorce. The second part describes a spiritual solution she derived from an ancient monastic rule of life.
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at the University of Southern Maine, Instructor & Member

Rowena Winik-
- The Sixty-Fourth Day

Published: 2012
Publisher: Infinity Publishers
Available for Purchase from: Amazon, Infinity Publishers online bookstore
Genre: LGBT memoir
Author's Web Links:
Written: After retirement
Authors Note:Robyn, 16 years old, realizes she’s a lesbian and is forced to leave home. Smart and tough, yet innocent and vulnerable, Robyn faces survival on the streets of 1950s Boston.
OLLI Affiliation: UMASS Boston member and brown bag speaker

Paul M. Wortman, Ph.D.
- Think Jung! How I Found Meaning in My Life

Published: September 2012
Publisher: Create Space Division of Amazon
Available for Purchase from: Amazon
Genre: Memoir writing
Web Presence:
Written: After taking retirement
Author's Note: I took an OLLI workshop on memoir writing which resulted in the publication of this book
OLLI Affiliation: OLLI at Stony Brook University